ORLANDO, FLA. - No. 15 Alabama finally looked like the team that was picked to repeat as the national champion as Mark Ingram ran for two scores to break the school record for career touchdowns in the most lopsided game in the history of this bowl game on Saturday.
“We just showed what we’re capable of doing when we play our best football,” Ingram said. “It just shows how fragile a season is.”
Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, moved past former Seattle Seahawk Shaun Alexander’s mark (41) with 42 career touchdowns. Ingram had 59 yards rushing on 12 carries and added a 30-yard catch against the team for which his father played and he rooted as a kid.
Greg McElroy threw for 220 yards and one touchdown forAlabama (10-3), which pulled most of its starters in the third quarter.
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No. 7 Michigan State (11-2) had just 171 total yards and didn’t score until quarterback-turned-receiver Keith Nichol was pressed into QB duty and threw a 49-yard TD pass to Bennie Fowler with 5:45 remaining.
“We were outcoached, we were outplayed, and we were outphysicaled, and that’s just the way it is,” said Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, who worked under Alabama coach Nick Saban from 1995-1999, when Saban was the head coach at Michigan State, where he went 0-3 in bowl games.